With starters having three or four starts so far, there are some extreme ERAs so far. One can look at a pitcher’s difference between his ERA and FIP to see how lucky or unlucky he has been so far. Both lists will see good and bad FIPs, so you shouldn’t get sucked into thinking the lists are just lucky mediocre pitchers and unlucky good pitchers. Continue reading
After sixteen games into the 2012 season there have been some great stories in major league baseball. Everything from Matt Kemp and the Dodger’s stellar start, to Bartolo Colon’s impressive start. Depending on where you stand as a baseball fan, none may be better than the start that the Washington Nationals’ pitching staff is off to. As of this morning they rank number one in FIP, xFIP and WAR. In terms of FIP and xFIP no team is very close. The Rangers aren’t too far off in terms of WAR though. Continue reading
In the summer of 2010 Justin Morneau was on his way to another MVP season, posting 5 WAR by July. During a game against the Blue Jays that all changed, when he got kneed in the head by Toronto infielder John McDonald. He didn’t play again that season, and hadn’t been the same since. This year it looks as if that maybe has changed.
In a move to keep an upcoming free agent after this season, the Texas Rangers signed Ian Kinsler to a 5-year, $75M extension with an option in 2018. While giving such a large amount of money to a 30-34 year-old player with injury history is a bit risky, Kinsler’s talent should more than exceed the cost. Continue reading
Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a 10 year deal worth $225 million dollars., he previously signed a 2 year deal worth $26m, all together that adds up to 12 years for $251.5 million dollars. The 10 year contract does not start until the 2014 season though. That’s more than Prince Fielder got in free agency (9 years, $214 million) and Albert Pujols’ contract (10 years, $240 million). As a whole the contract will keep Joey Votto in a Reds uniform until he is 40 years. Continue reading
One of the projected major starting pitchers in next winter’s free agent market, Matt Cain removed his name from the list, agreeing to a five-year, $100M extension. Adding this year’s $15M salary, a $5M signing bonus, and a $7.5M buyout (or $21M team option in 2018), he is getting a minimum of $127.5M guaranteed. The worth of this contract will depend greatly on Cain’s ability to continually defy BABIP and HR/FB theories.